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New Rules for Migrants in UK
Any non-European migrant who wants to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or a person settled in the UK will need to show they can speak and understand English by taking an approved English language test starting on Nov. 29.
The British embassy in Manila announced the new rules will apply to anyone applying as the husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner, same-sex partner, or prospective civil partner of a UK citizen or a person settled in this country.
The embassy said these tests will be compulsory for people applying from within the UK as well as visa applicants from overseas.
Migrant spouses and partners will have to demonstrate English language ability at A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (speaking and listening).
Applicants will be required to provide evidence with their application that they have passed an acceptable English test with one of the UK Border Agency’s approved test providers.
Ed Mackie, UK Border Agency regional manager for East Asia said “this new requirement was announced in June this year and as we get close to the implementation date we’d like to remind those planning on applying for a spouse visa to the UK that from Nov. 29 they will be required to pass a compulsory English language test.”
He said the new rules will help ensure that migrant partners are able to participate in British life from the outset and integrate more easily into wider UK society.
Source: Philippine Star